Maus Haus released the seven-track Light Noise EP digitally on October 2nd with the physical release to follow on October 23rd, both via new Om Records imprint Lavish Habits.

When we last heard from Maus Haus – 2009’s Lark Marvels – there were seven members of the band. Now there are only four, but that doesn’t mean the band is any less adventurous in its sonic exploration.

“We experimented with a lot of new production techniques, instrumentation and gear for this record,” says multi-instrumentalist Sean Mabry. “If you listen there’s definitely a wide variance in texture and timbre. Each song is kind of like a small world caught in focus, as we’ve imagined it, though in some way we feel it all exists in this glossy, hazy universe.”

Here’s the first single from Light Noise, “No More Girls”:

If you found yourself thinking “No More Girls” sounds a little more straight-forward and spontaneous than the band’s past work, you’re not totally wrong. According to singer and keyboardist Jason Kick, “No More Girls” was conceived during a recording session one evening and “barely went through any revision” before arriving at your ears.

While the band’s sound has evolved, fans of Lark Marvels won’t be disappointed. “This new collection sounds mostly like an actual ‘band’ but having a lot more fun,” says Kick. “People familiar with

[Lark Marvels] might be surprised that these are much neater, more focused songs that are probably more immediate to ‘get’ on first listen. That said, fans of Lark Marvels‘ unpredictable shifts, bizarre sounds, and surreal lyrics about living in art-poverty in San Francisco won’t be disappointed by the content, I bet.”

For even more new Maus Haus music, check out their cover of “In Ultra-Violet”, a song by obscure 80s dark wave band Cinema 90, on Consequence of Sound.

The band says they have more than an album’s-worth of music already written and ready to go, so look for another release in 2013. For a taste of the future today, you could try catching them live and hope they play some of those unreleased tunes. The same day Maus Haus released Light Noise, the band kicked off a month-long tour of North America. They’ll take a spin around the US and Canada before coming back to SF to play an EP release party at Rickshaw Stop on November 3rd. Full tour dates after the jump.

Maus Haus, Sister Crayon, Radiation City
Rickshaw Stop
November 3, 2012
8:00pm, $12

Maus Haus 2012 Tour Dates:
10/02 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10/03 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
10/04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
10/05 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
10/06 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room *
10/07 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird *
10/08 – Evanston, IL – S.P.A.C.E. *
10/09 – Chicago, IL – The Burlington
10/10 – Mishawaka, IN – Midway Tavern
10/11 – Toronto, ON – Club Nocturne (Indie Week show)
10/12 – Montreal, QC – Club Lambi
10/13 – Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
10/15 – Burlington, VT – Monkey House ^
10/16 – Providence, RI – The Salon
10/17 – New York, NY – Pianos (Tell All Your Friends day party)
10/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium (evening show)
10/18 – New York, NY – The Delancey (Deli)
10/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/20 – Washington, D.C. – The Red Palace #
10/21 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
10/23 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle #
10/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl #
10/25 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree #
10/26 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
10/27 – Austin, TX – Holy Mountain (ex-Beauty Bar)
10/29 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
10/30 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress $
10/31 – San Diego, CA – Eleven
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Smell
11/02 – Ventura, CA – Bombay’s
11/03 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop

* w/ The Dodos
^ w/ The Intelligence
# w/ Generationals
$ w/ Ssion